Meet Our Interns


Qiming CHEN

BS, Information Computing Science; MS, Mathematics & Statistics

Qiming Chen is a graduate student at The George Washington University, Washington, DC, where he is completing her Master’s degree in Statistics. He is experienced in data analysis with skills acquired in project management, internships and high-level academic contests during  undergraduate study. With deep understanding of what data analysis can contribute to the world, he is willing to make a meaningful difference in lives of those in needs, using his knowledge and across the world.

“It is always easy to analyze data in the classroom, but it is more interesting and challenging in analyzing data for real world,” Qiming says on why he joined GHEP’s global health internship. Qiming used to work on such global health topics like HIV/AIDS, water resource allocation, soil pollution, etc. Though there has been some obstacles on the way working towards his ultimate dreams, when his team discovered some underlying useful rules and information which may update the current understanding and influence,  Qiming feels supportive to continue working on data analyses projects and get the team to the finishing line.

He knows that many people are in great need of help, and he has strong desire to always give those in need a helping hand.  For example, in 2010, when he learned that there were people suffering with Leprosy in his home country, Qiming organized his friends and they went to the leprosy villages located several miles away from cities to bring villagers some gifts and chat with them giving the much needed social interaction which they so severely lacked. The team afterwards summarized this experience in a report which encouraged more college students to keep focusing on the villagers.


Noor Alsafi


BS, Business Economics, MPS, Statistical and Data Sciences

Noor Alsafi is a recent graduate student in Master of Professional Studies in Statistical and Data Sciences from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA. Her undergraduate degree was in Business Economics. Her research interests are data mining, data analysis, statistical programming, and biostatistics. She completed multiple courses from leading universities in Statistics and Biostatistics.

During her graduate studies, Noor completed a number of capstone projects analyzing and programming data using multiple statistical software packages such as R and SAS.  She loves working and help people. In 2010,  she had the opportunity to be a member of the committee to help people were affected by a devastating torrent that shattered lives in her home country. “It is this same passion and interest to help and give back that brought me to GHEP; I am so grateful for this opportunity which is certainly shaping my career and love for data analyses,” Noor says of her internship with GHEP.

Noor loves to learn what she calls “new stuff” about languages and culture. She enjoys watching documentary films, watching movies, meeting new people, and shopping.  She has proficiency in Arabic and English languages. While engaged in the global health internship with GHEP, Noor has developed a love for epidemiology and public health.

For her final internship project at GHEP, Noor is working on infant mortality in low and middle income countries of Africa and Asia.


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Annie VU

BA, Integrative Biology; MPH (candidate)

Quynh-Anh Vu (Annie for short) is a candidate for a Master’s in Public Health at San Jose State University, California, USA. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Integrative Biology. She went on to study the optometric sciences and obtained internships in the allied health sciences – namely optometry and pharmacy.

Her experiences in these fields have taught her that health is more than just biology.  “It is who we are, what we are, and where we live.” she says of her varied experiences and background.  “I came away from these experiences with the understanding that if we are to make a meaningful impact in health, we must also address these aspects,” Annie says of her interest in completing the global health internship with GHEP.

As a young scholar, she was instilled with a love and passion for pursuing knowledge, and was taught that knowledge is power. Her greatest passion lies in the arts, languages, and medical sciences. She hopes that one day, her work will empower others.

Annie speaks fluent Vietnamese, English, and a little bit of French. She loves learning about other cultures and would love to travel the world one day. She also loves classic literature (especially the works of William Shakespeare), writing poetry, and sipping coffee at busy coffee shops.

For her final internship project, Annie is working on maternal mortality in developing countries around the world.